What I learnt this week… not being afraid of people and more sharing

Hello again! Last week was really chaotic because of all the catching up I had to do after my holiday. I’m hoping to get back to my normal routine this week (and spend more time working on my new projects).

Sharing the good and the bad

I used to think that other people were perfect (or if not perfect, then much more capable and confident than I am). Especially in the world of social media and filtered reality, it’s hard to see beyond the mask.

Running my own business and meeting other freelancers has helped me to adjust my perception of the world. Having an incredible network of honest, open and understanding business friends means that I can simply be myself – even when it means doubting myself or lacking self-confidence sometimes. I don’t need to pretend that I’m perfect or that I know everything and that nothing can get to me. I can be open about my worries, challenges and doubts.

People are nice (usually)

I used to be really afraid of going out and meeting new people. In the first few months of running my own business, I felt sick every time I had to go out networking. The idea of entering a room full of strangers and not knowing what to talk about (I’m not from a country where we know how to do small talk) terrified me.

With time, and loads and loads of hours spent networking, I’ve realised that people are generally really nice. They don’t bite nor do they laugh at you behind your back (at least not the people I’ve met over the past year).

Last week, I realised that I no longer need to worry about meeting new people for the first time or being surrounded by strangers at an event. Sometimes, it’s easier to break into a conversation, yet I feel less excited and energised to be the one starting a conversation, but no matter what I don’t fear it!

One thing to remember – you’re not alone!

Book Corner

Last week, I was re-reading some of the chapters of The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller. It’s a really inspiring book about finding the ONE thing to focus on to be more productive and successful.

Recently, I’ve felt that I’m slipping back to my old habits of multitasking, doing too many things at the same time and being really distracted. This book always gives me new perspective and clarity!

“It is not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it is that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.”

How about you? Do you find it easy to focus on one task at a time or do you also juggle multiple balls simultaneously?

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